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Monday, 28 October 2013

Gripping Yarns

Following on from the 2 Rubythroat Club splinter group of the CBC, I was wondering how many of you had these on your world list?

Do any of you have any interesting 'complete sets' of genus ticks you'd like to share? All the world's pittas, gannets, waders, kingfishers or chats? Perhaps you have all of the known flowerpeckers on your list or you've seen all of the Australasian parrot species (that's a world listers joke by the way - as far as I know, no one has).

And finally, what's your best world gripper? Slender-billed Curlew? Dodo? Sociable Plover? Little Bunting in Glamorgan?


Seymour said...

Doing well on my lapwings and thicknees but still a couple for the full set. Hooded Grebe, Austral Rail and Spectacled Petrel are goodies on a global scale. How about Norwegian Blue on the parrot front?

Randal M Snowdrop said...

Are you trying to tell me you've got Norwegian Blue on your world list? I've said it before, but I'll say it again, you're a birding god Seymour. I feel an 'extra special' splinter group 'in formation'. How we'll fit in that and so many extra, ex
tra special Xmas curries is beyond me.

28 October 2013 21:13

MauriceC said...

Have seen Siberian Crane in 1992 one of the last years they were at Bharatpur. Have seen all the Dippers in the world. Could have gone for the Slender- billed Curlews in Morocco but had run out of holidays.

Plenty of time for the young guys to catch up !

Randal M Snowdrop said...

I've got all the dippers too. All the gannets, I just need blackthroat for the the Luscinia genus set - not that I'm likely to ever get that one!
My pelagic seabird set isn't too bad with a number of Californian, South African and Australian pelagics in the bag. A few days on the Galápagos Islands in 2001 probably gives me some good bragging rights on the endemics front!

Best birds 'I've seen on my travels' list are probably down to the following:

1) Gyr Falcon - Gower
2) Red Warbler - Mexico City
3) Roseate Tern - a magical night on Coquet Island surrounded by around 100 breeding pairs and young
4) The first Golden Eagle eyrie I ever stumbled upon
5) And the best of all, the first time I ever saw an albatross.

Surely everyone has a 'Top Five' best birds of all-time?